Hackney Library is embarking on a three-year project to improve access and preservation procedures in its Discipliana Collection, College Archives, and Paula Patterson Collection.
Our Special Collections will support the teaching mission of Barton College to, “encourage the intellectual, spiritual, social, and cultural development of [our] students and to challenge them for future leadership and service to their local and global communities.” In addition to improving access to our current collections, we will acquire additional materials, and use them to introduce Barton students and other scholars to this powerful and underutilized resource.
The archive project is guided by a Special Collections Advisory Committee with representatives from the N.C. Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), college faculty, librarians, and students. This committee is developing collection development policies, and implementing guidelines for digitizing, storing, and accessing materials.
Several aspects of the project are already underway. The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center in Chapel Hill has digitized all of the college’s yearbooks, catalogs, and is currently working on our student newspaper, The Collegiate. The Religion in North Carolina Digitization Project at Duke Divinity School is digitizing monographs and periodicals from the Discipliana Collection related to North Carolina. And in the summer of 2013, Mr. Rich Fulling, Librarian, trained two Barton College History students in archive management techniques.
Please visit our Barton College Archives LibGuide to learn more about our project and see some examples.